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#27141
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
DJ,

Don't go big your first time. If your group has already used minis then a simple 1 or 2 room setup would be fine. Throw in some additional props, monsters, etc and away you go. Introduce them a little the first week/time and then really hook them by letting them find a map at the end of the first session and then pull out all the stops the second time/week and build the dungeon to look like the map. That is what I did about 9 years ago and my group loved it. In fact they liked it so much when I moved away they started buying their own DF stuff. Now as we all move back/around each of us has about 40 sets or so. Really nice. We can basically run anything we want any time. It is really cool. The more you use it the more you will like it. Take a look at the contests, there are some really nice setups. The tavern setup that won the last one was really nice.

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#27142
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
I also think it's good to start small, or it may be too overwhelming. Revealing things little by little lets there be a nice surprise every session rather than showing everything at once...
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#27143
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
I use DF 100% for gaming. I find it extremely functional.

Our group owns easily 250 sets and when we get together for three day marathon games I'll drop out layouts of 8'x12'.

The real issue is storage and transportation for DF. For us to get together for a big three day event, we use either three vans or a large UHaul.

For our upcoming game, I have a cavern layout that will consume an 8'x30' area assuming that we can round up enough tables.

Normally I will only set out the DF pieces as they come into Line of Sight of the group. For speed of play it would be much faster to set everything up in advance, but I like to spring on them an element of surprise, even adding tables in different directions, if the room size allows for it.

Because of the different types of sets, there are two ways you can go about accumulating DF. You could go wide and pick one of each set up and use them for single encounters but have enough to do one tavern or a couple of rooms or a cavern or two. Another angle would be to go deep and focus on several themes (dungeon and cavern, for example) until you have enough DF to consume your table. I'm still azamingly short (relatively speaking, lol) of certain cavern passage pieces even with about 60 cavern-related sets so I haven't even picked up a single set of the building set (MBS). I also am strained for straight cavern river pieces even with 18 river sets (my river is "only" nine feet long but it is supposed to sprawn over 30' table space). To get another 20' of river pieces I'd have to buy about 36 more river sets.

So in summary, DF is functional, but the trick is having enough of the right piece to build what you want to build... and no matter how much you have you'll ALWAYS come up with a need for more.
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#27144
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Gaming.

60 cavern sets...18 river sets - Aracon? Surely you jest.... I'd really love to see some pics of a truly massive lake/cave/river setup of the scale you are talking.

I do feel you regarding the few #s of straight river pieces per set and their utility. You may want to consider having rivers go out of sight and then reapearing elsewear and using the illusion of continuity if you wish to span areas so vast with a continuous river...
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#27145
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
I bow to you Aracon,

I thought that I was in the top 5 collectors with nearly 50 sets but as I can see I am probably not even in the top 10 if there are others out there like you. I dream of having a setup on multi levels that are as large as you are setting up. My goal is to have roughly 75 sets by end of 08 but I am spread out across all the sets except for scifi. That still does not put me anywhere close to you. In any event I have solved some of the issues you are having. What I did was buy some shore pieces seperatly and I widen my river from a single straight river piece to 2 shore pieces and extend it that way. I to find that the number of straight river pieces and the 2 corner sameside lake pieces are scarce and I only have 4 river, 3 lake, and 3 add on lake sets. I also would LOVE to see some pics from your setups. I would venture to guess that you probably have built the largest DF setup ever including Stefan! Send some pics!!!

.... Dear, There is a person on the forum with over 60 sets of just the cavern pieces. I only have 50 total sets. Can I go nutz and buy a whole bunch of stuff? I am sorry it sounded like you said no. How about just a whole lot more Stuff? Dear I am having trouble understanding you, it sounded like you said no again. Ok How about I buy a few more than what I said I was going to buy? Oh I didn't know you are getting me some stuff for christmas and my birthday. So anyway can we order them now?

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#27146
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Hi Wyrdsmyth. I'm in the same boat as you. I've loved the DF stuff for a long time. but could never justify the costs. I recently had a windfall which luckily coincided with the sale. At long last I have purchased some of the pieces I've been admiring for years.

I picked up 2 Room & Passage Sets, 1 Deluxe Room Set and 2 Fantasy Starter Sets. I plan to use them for D&D and other RPGS, Dungeon Bash and fantasy skirmish games. I am sooo looking forward to this.
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#27147
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
G'day to ye both... a quick question for the thing that should not be...
I've never actually heard of this "Dungeon Bash"... what is it?
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#27148
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Dungeaon Bash is a d20 add on. It it basically a random dungeon crawl.
It is for levels 1-10 and contains "quest charts", dungeon generation tables, encounter tables, and monster flowcharts which let you run a the game GMless.

Very nice product.
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#27149
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
I have looked at Dungeun bash in the past, even think it is on my RPGNow "wishlist" but never got it.

You say it is a nice product, how easy is it to use on the fly, could one easly convert the encounter charts to work with say using D&D Minitures RPG Stat cards to generat the encounters. Just curious about the product.
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#27150
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
Dungeon bash sounds like a decent idea, how well does it play out for solo adventures? Or do you need to bring some sacrificial NPCs...
Gonna use some DF cavern pieces for the first time in my D&D session this weekend. Sending the dwarves to underground mineral springs.....hum, cave troll or formian giant
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#27151
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
A Formian with several Hunched Giant underlings ...

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#27152
More gaming or diorama? 6 Years, 4 Months ago  
I use my sets for gaming. I have only done a set up for photos rather than gaming once or twice, while on the other hand I used Dwarven Forge for almost all game sessions during our entire last campaign. THe only times I didn't use Dwarven Forge for sessions were for sessions set entirely in the outdoors, and even then I probably used a couple of pieces such as rocks from the Cavern sets along with trees and other stuff from other manufacturers. For town/city settings, I used set ups combining Dwarven Forge dungeon pieces, medieval building pieces and Miniature Building Authority buildings, but mostly used Dwarven Forge for the indoors of buildings where combat might take place.

But most of the combat and other adventuring in our last campaign took place in caverns or in dungeons, and for that Dwarven Forge was absolutely fabulous. For massive dungeons, I usually set up the whole dungeon or as much of it as I thought the players might cover, and then covered up the unexplored parts with cloth or cardboard. For sessions where I expected them to go to several different smaller locations, I might set up the various locations in anticipation, or sometimes if I had no idea where they would go, I would have to call for a half hour break to set up when they made a decision, and the players would use the time to role play and eat snacks or just hang out for a while. Sometimes one or more of the players have helped me set up, when doing so won't spoil any surprises for them.
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